In September last year, I myself got Covid. And from that experience I understood why governments were so concerned. At that time it was the Delta variant. I will never forget the pain in my head, the closest I can describe it is, as if there was a heavy weight on my head at all times, plus my head felt constantly hot.
Then there was the uncontrollable coughing, that at times felt like it wouldn’t stop, which affected my breathing. I had to learn to relax and breathe slowly in throught my nose and out throught my mouth, so that I would not panic. Plus, I lost my taste of food, which limited me to the simplest of meals.
But the worse part of all was my bodes inability to regulated my body temperature. Meaning that I was unable to sleep for long period of time.
Thankfuly after two weeks I felt much better.
But as bad as having Covid was, for me it wasnt the worse part of the last two years.
For me, it has been the countless stories spread online, only leading to me feeling anxious and confused. This virus affects everyone differently, so when some people get it and have mild systoms they wonder what all the fuss is about which leads to frustration and anger.
The internet is a wonderful creation, but the last two years have shown its darkside.
Thankfully now there is talk of the virus becoming endemic, (coming to an end) as the Omicron variant is much less mild but also highly transmissible meaning that it is now the dominant variant. And the other more harmful variant will fade away. Also, studies are showing that natural immunity is giving people as much protection against the virus as the covid vaccine, which is exellent news.
2022 is finally showing us rays of hope that we all so desperately need.
What have we learnt?
The pandemic has shown just how much we take for granted. Firstly, and most importantly, our freedoms. The ability to do what we want when we want. Then there is the fact that any delays in the food chain can leave us without essential supplies in weeks.
The glamour life most of us live is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
The mirrors (media) help create an illusion, and the smoke (technolgy, internet, phones, apps) is frequently used to divert our attention.
Its time that we all wake up to the fact that the world that has been sold to us is fake. “Life isn’t about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you would still be miserable.
I know people with perfect bodies, with the perfect job, the perfect house who don’t have half the happiness I’ve found. On my journeys I’ve seen more joy in the slums of Peru than in wealthy estates worth millions.
Why is that?
When you look for happiness in mere objects, you will l find that they are never enough.
You will only find contentment when you use your natural talents and and abitities. When you recognise that the, “if I just had X, then I would be happy syndrome is a mass delusion.
True happiness comes from helping others and from accepting who we are, flaws and all.
Wishing you all the best in 2022.